Google Maps alerting drivers about emission charges

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Google Maps will now warn drivers when they are about to enter a low-emission zone, that they will be charged with fees or fines.

There are several cities worldwide who have introduced such schemes to keep polluting traffic out of their busiest areas. However, it can be unclear where such zones begin, which can catch visitors and occasional drivers off guard.

To begin with, Google will warn drivers entering the zones in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Paris.

“Alerts will show while planning a trip that passes through a low-emission zone, as well as when approaching a zone while already on the way to the destination,” Google explained.

“Based on this information, impacted customers can pick an alternate means of transportation or take a different route,” it stated, adding that they also connected to official local information.